Certificate, Associate's & Non-Degree Students

If you're interested in enrolling in an Undergraduate Certificate Program, pursuing an Associate's Degree, or taking classes as a non-degree-seeking student, learn more about your options.

Certificate Programs

This non-degree program covers the foundation topics required by the Certified Financial Planner Board. On completing this program, students are eligible to take the CTF exam which is an integral part of the prestigious CTF certification process. Admission to the certificate program requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

For more specific certificate information, please contact: 

Ki C. Han
PhD Professor of Finance

Undergraduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Required Credentials

Certificate Application
Official college transcript(s)

The graphic design certificate is designed for those who do not want the extensive training required of the BFA, but who require more focused design training to complement existing educational or work credentials. 

Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design

Required Credentials

  • Certificate Application
  • Have earned at least 30 credits from an accredited post-secondary institution (college or university); OR be recommended in writing by supervisor(s) who will attest to the candidate’s successful employment in a related field for the equivalent of one year.
  • Submit a portfolio of original artwork representing the range of your talents and experience. Those without a portfolio will be required to take 2D/Color (ADF-S166), earning a grade of B or better to waive this requirement. Candidates may also meet with the Graphic Design Program Director for a portfolio review.
  • All program applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the PC and/or Macintosh computer operating systems.
  • Applicants must submit an official transcript of grades from high school and each college or university attended.
  • Applicants must submit a current professional resume. Each application for admission to the Graphic Design Certificate Program must be accompanied by a non-refundable $50 Certificate Program Application Fee.
  • Applicants to the Certificate Program must demonstrate proficiency in English. The university reserves the right to formally evaluate candidate’s language skills as part of the admissions process. This is a part-time non-degree granting program; the university will not issue I-20’s to international students in the Certificate Program. The program will not be accelerated or altered to accommodate students requiring visas.

Paralegals assist attorneys in a variety of ways. Paralegals conduct investigations, draft legal documents, maintain legal records, prepare pleadings, work with witnesses, perform legal research, and do a variety of other tasks. Admission to the certificate program requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

For more specific certificate program, please contact:

Eric Bellone
Co-Director Undergraduate Law/Legal Studies Program

Graham Kelder
Co-Director Undergraduate Law/Legal Studies Program

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Required Credentials

  • Certificate Application
  • Official college transcript(s) showing proof of completion of Bachelor's Degree. Current Suffolk students should complete the application the semester before their graduation term.
  • Writing sample, one page double spaced
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Students earning a Bachelors in Law at Suffolk are not eligible for admission to the certificate program

Associate's Degree Applicants

Suffolk University offers 2-year associate degree options in:

Associate degree applicants should submit the Application for Associate Degree Programs instead of the Common Application or Suffolk Online Application.

For those interested in a 4-year bachelor’s degree, please refer to the Apply page.

Non-Degree: Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) 


  • CAPS students may take courses in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School if they have completed all necessary prerequisites.
  • Typically, applicants are required to have an academic grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale to be approved as CAPS students.
  • Current college students must submit an official college transcript, in addition to the CAPS application.
  • Current secondary school students must submit an official high school transcript and a recommendation letter from their school counselor, in addition to the CAPS application.
  • Suffolk University requires that a parent or guardian of any student age 16 or under sign a separate permission form, which will be supplied by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English.
  • CAPS students may only take up to 30 credits at the non-degree level. Those wishing to take more than 30 credits must apply as a degree-seeking student.


  • New CAPS students should use this form. Returning CAPS students may register online using the MySuffolk portal.
  • Submit additional required documents to the Office of Undergraduate Admission: 

    Mail: 8 Ashburton Place
    Boston, MA 02108
    Fax: 617-557-1574
    Walk-In: 73 Tremont Street, 6th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108
    Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

  • Once your application has been approved, you will be contacted by a member of the Office of Undergraduate Admission and issued a student identification number.
  • After the identification number has been issued, you will be instructed to contact Student Account Services at 617-573-8407 to make a payment.
  • Once payment has been submitted, please contact the Office of the Registrar to complete the course registration process at 617-573-8430.
  • Call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 617-573-8460 with questions about admission policies. Call the Office of the Registrar at 617-573-8430 with questions on registration procedures or course availability. Call Student Account Services at 617-573-8407 with questions about tuition fees and payment policies.

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